Eat Well as You Age

Consuming proper food not only helps you get energy for work, but also prevents various diseases, allowing you to stay healthy as you age. The physiology of the body changes rapidly as you cross 30s and embark on 40s, 50s and 60s. Therefore you need to alter your food habits to cope with the ever-changing environment both internally and externally.

In your 40s, you are still relatively young, but you need to keep in mind a few basic facts to stay healthy, especially when it comes to your mobility. During your 50s and your cardiovascular health deteriorates if it’s not looked after and cognitive decline takes hold.

So, as you go through your older years, what can you do to help your body stay in great health? Well, here are just some nutrients and foods that can help through the years.

In Your 40s

Doctors say that while planning a balanced diet, we should give priority to broccoli and green leafy vegetables. These are rich in Vitamin C and E and help prevent arthritis and cardiovascular disease, and even potentially reduce the risk of cancer.

Food like milk, fatty fish and fish liver – which are rich in Vitamin D – maintain bone density. Your body also produces Vitamin D when you get enough sunlight.

In Your 50s

Foods rich in Vitamin B1 help with cognitive health. You can find this vitamin in pork, pasta and brown rice. Vitamin B6 or folic acid and other group B vitamins can reduce the factors that lead to cardiovascular disease. Vitamin K2, however, also prevents blood clotting during stroke.

Potassium can lower your high blood pressure. Because of this, it has been prescribed to people suffering from arrhythmia.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and walnuts, help to maintain bone density and have even been known to stave off cognitive decline in the elderly.

In Your 60s

Vitamins from group B are beneficial for the proper brain and heart function. Vitamin B12, for example, plays a vital role in red blood cells conversion and prevents cognitive impairment. A deficiency of it may lead to macrocytic anaemia.

Vitamin C (found in citrus fruit) is essential for continued mobility. It is an important part of the synthesis of collagen, which makes up 90% of your bones’ organic matrix. Antioxidant capabilities of Vitamin C (found in citrus fruit) can also help fight cancer and other dangerous diseases. Antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin C and E even inhibit cognitive decline in the elderly.

Everyone has to deal with the effects of aging – but that doesn’t mean you can’t deal with those effects gracefully. Eating right for your age is absolutely essential, so be sure to get the right food and nutrients you need.

References

  1. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/eating-well-as-you-age.htm

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